Women's Rugby adds seven new student-athletes to 2018-19 roster

Women's Rugby adds seven new student-athletes to 2018-19 roster

FAIRFIELD, Conn.- Sacred Heart women's rugby head coach Michelle Reed announced today that the team has added seven new players to the 2018-19 roster this season. The team will be adding five freshman and two sophomores this season. Those athletes include Nia Williams, Jasmin Quinones, Sophie Hale, Madison Gorrigan, Courtney Alexander, Arianna Heonis, and Chrismide Cherry. The Pioneers will open the 2018 season on the road on Saturday at Mount Saint Mary's.

"We are coming off of a winning season with a few losses that hurt. Those losses are what has given us momentum heading into preseason. We want to come out ready to play every game especially the games we are looking to change from a loss to win this year." Coach Reed on the upcoming season. 

While the team welcomes in seven new athletes to the roster, the team is also bringing back a few key pieces to the team this year as well including players like sophomore Tessa Buckey. "Tessa Buckey was a force to be reckon with defensively in the backline last season, however, she is not only solid at defense but she is a threat offensively with her speed and determination. She has worked hard over the summer on her strength and I think we will see even more from her this season. Plus, the combination of Isabel (Cuddy) and Tessa in the backline together will be a huge advantage for us. They have both improved from last fall and they feed off each other's energy allowing them to work well together."

"Sophie Hale is our starting number eight as a freshman," Reed added. "She will give us an advantage with her quickness off the scrum and knowledge of the game. We are looking forward to seeing what she brings to the program this year."

SHU entering its fourth season as a varsity program, Mount Saint Mary's just became a varsity team in 2017. The Pioneers defeated the Mount last fall with a 41-0 win at the Pioneers 7s Tournament which was hosted by SHU.

"We are currently in our 4th season as a NCAA varsity program and each year we improve. We have dealt with a lot of adversity that comes from building a program and it has made us stronger. We decided as a program to see the good and fight through the bad. This has made us more of a unit, more connected as a team. We use the adversity to not only grow and learn from but to motivate us to build a solid program that will continue to give young women the opportunity to play rugby at the elite collegiate level." Head Coach Michelle Reed on the team entering its fourth year as a varisty program.

The Pioneers open the 2018 season against Mount Saint Mary's on Saturday, September 1st, at 12:00 p.m.



Nia Williams

Hometown: Roxbury, Massachusetts

Club: Lincoln-Sudbury HS Rugby

Position: Hooker/Flanker/Scrum-half



Jasmin Quinones 

Hometown:Grand Rapids, Michigan

Club: Grandville Rugby Club

Position: Flanker/Eight



Sophie Hale

Hometown: Bristol, Connecticut

Club: Cheshire Rugby

Position: Flanker



Madison Gorrigan

Hometown: Winooski, Vermont 

Club: South Burlington Wolves Rugby

Position: Prop



Courtney Alexander

Hometown: Carmel, New York

Club: Harvey HS Girls Rugby

Position: Wing/Scrum-half






Arianna Heonis

Hometown: Branford, Connecticut

Position: Wing



Chrismide Cherry

Hometown: Stamford, Connecticut

Position: Lock